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May 31, 2018

John Woods: TSET partnership with Stephenson Cancer Center improves cancer care in our state

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In Oklahoma, one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer during their lifetime – access to cutting-edge cancer care and treatment right here at home is key to increasing survival rates, and positioning Oklahoma as a leader in cancer research.

Earlier this month, Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma celebrated achieving National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. Stephenson Cancer Center, which has received more than $31 million from TSET to date, joins an elite group of 70 NCI-designated cancer centers nationwide.

Since 2011, TSET has funded cancer research and the development of new cancer treatments at Stephenson Cancer Center. TSET also funds the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at Stephenson Cancer Center to reduce the toll of cancer and tobacco use on the state.

Stephenson Cancer Center is ranked No.1 in the nation for patient enrollment in NCI-sponsored clinical trials. The Oklahoma TSET Phase 1 Clinical Trials Program is the only early-phase clinical trials program in the state with 1,100 patients enrolled since inception.

New TSET Healthy Incentive grant program begins in July

A new incentive grant program for communities, school districts and schools will begin in July. The TSET Board of Directors has approved an FY2019 budget that includes funding for the TSET Healthy Incentive grant program. Information on the new incentive grant will be available on the TSET website when the grant category opens in July.

Evaluation of the previous incentive grant program administered by TSET showed incentive grants were awarded in all regions of the state and that 80 percent of successful incentive grant applicants were from rural or small communities. Incentive grants were awarded to 68 communities; 56 school districts and 97 schools between 2012 and 2017.

To sign up to receive additional information on the TSET Healthy Incentive grants, click here

On World No Tobacco Day, know the risks of tobacco use

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On World No Tobacco Day, Tobacco Stops With Me, a program of TSET, encourages Oklahomans to focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

Each year, the tobacco epidemic kills over 7 million people globally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Close to 900,000 of these deaths are nonsmokers breathing secondhand smoke.  

In Oklahoma, smoking kills more than 7,500 adults annually and leaves thousands suffering with chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. According to the CDC, Oklahoma has the second highest rate of death in the nation due to heart disease. 

Learn more about motivating peers to be tobacco free at Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit to explore the free services available through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. 

CDC Tips campaign airs through October

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s’s national tobacco education Tips campaign continues running in Oklahoma through October. The national tobacco education ad campaign features real people living with the effects of smoking-related diseases or exposure to secondhand smoke.  The Tips campaign can help people in your own community quit smoking. CDC provides many free materials, social media images, FAQs, expert talking points—even a pocket card for talking with smokers who want to quit.

This national effort will complement TSET’s Tobacco Stops With Me campaign that highlights how tobacco use impacts Oklahomans. For detailed campaign information and to access the campaign materials visit the Tips campaign website at

Quit Tobacco for Good This Father’s Day

FREE Services Available Through the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline

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When it comes to family, fathers have an enormous impact on the lives of their children. This Father’s Day, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline encourages fathers to consider quitting tobacco for good.

TSET Executive Director John Woods, who used the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline in 2006 to become tobacco-free, decided to quit tobacco after realizing the negative impact of tobacco on his children.

“Children from families who smoke are twice as likely to become smokers themselves,” Woods said. “A large part in my decision to quit was my role as a father and the influence I have on my family. I want to set the best example for my children, and the only way to achieve that is to stay tobacco free.”

FREE text and email support and free patches, gum or lozenges are available for Oklahoma tobacco users interested in quitting at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) and